Lemon Chicken Soup on your table in 30 minutes!
This Lemon Chicken Soup recipe is hearty, warm and savory, yet light, fresh and soothing at the same time. It is the perfect quick and easy lunch or dinner and will warm you through and through. It requires minimal effort for a return of epic deliciousness. This easy Lemon Chicken Soup is bursting with pillows of cheesy tortellini, tender chicken, and vegetables kissed with bright, refreshing lemon juice all made in ONE POT.
What is In Lemon Chicken Soup?
A bowl of chicken soup might be the ultimate comfort food. Cozy up with a big bowl and feel the warmth radiate from the inside out.
But this Lemon Chicken Soup is no ordinary chicken soup. It boasts the same earthy herbs as traditional chicken noodle soup, but it is spiked with bright, fresh, lemon juice that enhances and enlivens every vibrant savory slurp. And slurp you will.
Next, comes my favorite part. Equally as important as the lemon twist is the addition of tortellini! Just imagine tender cheesy tortellini swaddled by warm, seasoned broth and juicy chicken in every spoonful. And then drool a little.
After using tortellini in my Creamy White Bean and Ham Tortellini Soup and then again in place of regular noodles in my Chicken Tortellini Soup my life was changed forever. Spoonful after spoonful of tender noodle exterior giving way to cheesy interior. AKA soft melty cheese in every bite. I was sold.
I would use those cheesy morsels in place of regular pasta in every-single pasta dish if the rest of the world was obsessed like me. But for now, we’ll start tortellini global domination with this glorious Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe.
This Lemon Chicken Soup recipe is rounded out with the addition of onions, garlic, carrots, corn, mushrooms and spinach. You can customize the vegetables with whatever you have on hand – just don’t skip the lemon or tortellini 😊. And now you have irresistible chunky Lemon Chicken Soup. The new comfort food.
Can I use Chicken Breasts?
I used chicken thighs in this Lemon Chicken Soup recipe because of their rich, juicy flavor but you can definitely use chicken breasts if you prefer – but I encourage chicken thighs! Chicken breasts are leaner than chicken thighs so they aren’t as juicy and dry out easier.
Chicken breasts take longer to cook than boneless chicken thighs, so you will need to simmer them closer to 20 minutes instead of 10 minutes. The chicken breasts are done when they easily shred with a fork.
CAN I USE SHREDDED ROTISSERIE CHICKEN?
Yes! You are welcome to use shredded rotisserie chicken or even leftover chicken from other recipes. Add the cooked, shredded chicken to the Lemon Chicken Soup before you add the tortellini to warm through. You will need approximately 2 1/2 – 3 cups, depending on how “chunky” you like your soup.
WHAT TORTELLINI SHOULD I USE?
Use fresh, refrigerated tortellini located in the refrigerated section of your grocery store as opposed to dried tortellini on the grocery shelves. Refrigerated tortellini has been packaged at peak freshness and tastes far superior.
You can use any type of tortellini you prefer. I’ve used 3 cheese, 7 cheese and even sweet sausage.
Do You Cook TORTELLINI Before Adding to Soup?
No, the tortellini will cook right in the simmering broth so it soaks up all the flavor AND you don’t have to dirty another pot.
Can Other Pasta Shapes Be Used?
While I am a HUGE fan of tortellini, you can certainly use other pasta for this Lemon Chicken Soup. Orzo, works particularly well as well as other short pastas. Add the pasta to the soup at the same time as the chicken and cook until al dente.
Can I Use Rice?
Yes, you can replace the tortellini or pasta with rice to make Chicken Lemon Rice Soup recipe. You will want to use long grain white rice and add it to the pot at the same time as the chicken and cook just until al dente, about 8-12 minutes.
You can use brown rice but you will need to cook it first because it takes too long to simmer on the with the soup – the rest of the ingredients will be overcooked by the time its done!
CHICKEN LEMON SOUP RECIPE NOTES
- Chicken broth: Use low sodium chicken broth and add salt to taste or your soup will be too salty.
- Salt to taste: That being said, if you feel like your soup is missing something at the end of cooking, it’s probably salt, so make sure to salt to taste.
- Customize vegetables: You can omit veggies or add any of your favorite vegetables such as zucchini, corn, tomatoes, etc.
- Consistency: I love chunky soups but the consistency is totally up to you. For a less chunky soup, simply add additional chicken broth.
How Do You Make Lemon Chicken Soup?
This Lemon Chicken Soup has a few steps but it comes together in no time! You can even chop your veggies ahead of time and use rotisserie chicken for an even faster soup-to-table dinner. This Lemon Chicken Soup is as easy as:
- Sear the chicken and set aside
- Cook the vegetables
- Add spices, broth and chicken to the pot
- Bring to a boil and simmer until chicken is tender
- Shred chicken while you add the tortellini
- Add spinach, lemon juice and chicken back to the pot
- Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and lemon zest
How easy was that?!
Can I Make Lemon Chicken Soup in the Crockpot?
Yes! I love preparing this Lemon Chicken Soup in the crockpot because it delivers extremely tender chicken. To make:
- Sear chicken and place in slow cooker.
- Add all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the tortellini, spinach, lemon juice and Parmesan.
- Cover and cook on low heat 6 – 7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
- Shred chicken and add tortellini to the slow cooker (turn to high heat if on low).
- Add shredded chicken, spinach and lemon juice and warm through.
What to Serve with Lemon Chicken Soup?
This Lemon Chicken Soup is hearty and chunky with chicken, vegetables and pasta so you essentially have a meal-in-one. That being said, it is always delicious with a big, fresh green salad, and crusty bread. If you want to make it extra special, serve with Homemade Dinner Rolls or Cheesy Pesto Pull Apart Bread.
CAN MAKE LEMON CHICKEN SOUP AHEAD OF TIME?
You can either prep the ingredients for Lemon Chicken Soup or mostly make the soup ahead of time.
To prep: chop all your vegetables and keep them in airtight containers or plastic bags in the fridge. You can even measure out all the seasonings and keep them in an airtight container.
To make: You can make your soup in advance but if you aren’t serving right away then don’t add the tortellini yet. Instead, keep the soup warm and add tortellini just before serving because it takes minutes to cook.
HOW TO STORE Lemon CHICKEN SOUP
Lemon Chicken Soup keeps very well, just take care your tortellini isn’t overcooked initially. Store soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Gently warm on the stove top or microwave when ready to eat.
CAN I FREEZE THIS LEMON CHICKEN SOUP?
Yes and No. No, I don’t recommend freezing this Lemon Chicken Soup WITH the tortellini. Yes, you can freeze this Lemon Chicken Soup WITHOUT the tortellini.
Soups with tortellini shouldn’t be frozen because the pasta will basically turn into mush when defrosted.
If you know you are making this Chicken Lemon Soup specifically to freeze, then make the soup per directions, just don’t add the tortellini.
If you want to make this Lemon Chicken Soup, eat some, and freeze the leftovers, then I suggest fishing out or gobbling up the tortellini before freezing. When ready to eat, simply cook some tortellini and add it to the soup.
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